Gear Test: Portable Recharging Power

Gear Test: Portable Recharging Power

If you’re a backcountry angler/camper/hunter who depends on a cell phone as your contact with the outside world—not a great idea because the reach is limited but in fact many do it rather than investing in more robust communications devices—one of your concerns is that the phone will run out of juice just when you need it most. 

A portable power bank like the Eggtronic Laptop Power Bank can add a considerable measure of security in a compact package that’s easy to carry along. It could also recharge a pocket GPS with appropriate adapter.

In our test, the Power Bank brought an Apple iPhone 11 Pro back to an operational 20 percent charge in 15 minutes. At that rate, it could completely recharge the phone in about an hour and 15 minutes—not as fast as an AC wall hookup, but still a life-saver when you’re somewhere you can’t plug in. You need a USB-type AC wall adapter to recharge the power bank—it’s not included, but these are available for about $6 online.

The Eggtronic is rated at 63 watts of total output, 45 watts on USB-C power delivery, 18 watts on USB-A quick charge. The company says it will recharge cell phones 4 to 8 times, tablets 3 to 5 times and most laptops 1.5 times. It can charge up to three devices at once with appropriate connectors.

It’s easily packable. It measures 6.75” x 4” x 0.63”, just a bit bigger than an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and weighs about 16 ounces—too heavy for a pants pocket unless you wear your belt really tight, but fine for a coat pocket or backpack.

It would be handy, too, for the road warrior who can never find an open charging plug or electrical connection in the airport. It has enough power to recharge laptops as well as cell phones and most other types of consumer electronic devices. If you want to work (or just check Facebook) while sitting on a beach somewhere, this would be a handy “extension cord”.

You use your Apple Lightning charging cord to connect to the latest iPhones—there is no included connector. The box includes a 3 foot cable with USB C connectors on both ends, and a USB-A to USB C adapter.

A LED charge indicator tells you how much charge the unit has taken with a digital readout, and also keeps tabs on the amount of power remaining as it is drawn down by a device being charged—a small green LED dot comes on to indicate charging.

The gray matte linen canvas cover looks good and gives a good grip, though I’d rather have hard composite that’s easier to clean if it were destined for outdoors duty. This won’t be an issue for urban road warriors, though.

Price is moderate for a device with this sort of output at $59.99—maybe a good stocking stuffer; www.eggtronic.com. 

Frank Sargeant, Editor